The Lord of the Harvest: A Call to Prayer and Labor

Published on Jul 7, 2023
Category: Behold! | Devotion

Read the Bible in One Year: OT 1 Samuel 13-14, NT Luke 10:1-24

Luke 10:2 – He told them, â€œThe harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest, invites us to align our hearts with His Kingdom purposes.

Luke 10 begins with the account of Jesus widening His ministry beyond His immediate circle of twelve disciples. He sends out seventy-two disciples in pairs to towns and villages. Their primary objective was to proclaim the Kingdom of God and bring healing to those they encounter.

As He sends them, Jesus emphasizes the abundant harvest of souls that awaits them and the urgent need for prayer and laborers. He paints a vivid picture of the spiritual landscape of fields that are ripe and ready for the reaping. Jesus underscores the importance of recognizing the favorable conditions and seizing the opportunity to share the gospel with those who are open and receptive.

Jesus as the Lord of the Harvest who oversees the spiritual harvest of souls, reveals His sovereignty and authority over the salvation of humanity. He is intimately aware of the readiness and receptivity of people’s hearts to receive the message of the kingdom. As the Lord of the Harvest, He desires to see all people reconciled to God and brought into His loving embrace. Despite the plentiful harvest, Jesus calls attention to the shortage of workers actively engaged in the mission of the kingdom.

There are countless individuals who are hungering and thirsting for truth, purpose, and salvation. In our communities, workplaces, and neighborhoods, there are hearts ripe for transformation. The abundant harvest stands as a reminder of the tremendous opportunity before us to impact lives for eternity. It is a clarion call to action, compelling us to share the gospel boldly and compassionately.

As disciples of Christ, we are called to be laborers, actively participating in His work of reconciliation and restoration. It is not a mere suggestion but a divine commission to go and make disciples of all nations. However, fear, complacency, and distractions may divert our attention from God’s purposes causing shortage in laborers.

Recognizing the need for laborers, Jesus exhorts His disciples to pray earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest. Prayer is not an afterthought or a secondary action but a powerful catalyst in fulfilling God’s mission. Through prayer, we align our hearts with God’s will, seeking His guidance, provision, and empowerment. It is through prayer that God equips and prepares laborers for the task at hand. Prayer opens the door for God’s divine intervention, bringing about transformation in the lives of both laborers and those they reach.

Prayer not only impacts the laborers but also influences the hearts of the people being reached. As we intercede on behalf of others, the Holy Spirit works in their lives, drawing them to the truth and softening their hearts. Through prayer, we invite God to prepare the soil, remove barriers, and bring forth a bountiful harvest of souls. Our prayers partner with the divine purposes of God, bringing about supernatural breakthroughs and testimonies of His grace.

The Lord of the Harvest invites us to join Him in His mission, sharing the good news of salvation and participating in the transformation of lives. Prayer stands as a vital component, aligning our hearts with God’s purposes and inviting His divine intervention. May our lives be marked by both fervent prayer and faithful labor in the fields of the Lord.

Ponder

  1. Am I aware of the abundant harvest of souls around me? Do I recognize the hunger and thirst for truth, purpose, and salvation in the lives of those I encounter in my community, workplace, or neighborhood?
  2. What might be holding me back from fully engaging in God’s mission? Are fear, complacency, or distractions diverting my attention from participating as a laborer in the harvest?
  3. How do I view prayer in relation to fulfilling God’s mission? Do I see it as a powerful catalyst and integral part of the work, or do I consider it as an afterthought or secondary action?

Scripture Writing: Ephesians 6:18

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Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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